Recent Writing

How many tons of emissions can we trim in the new year?

The New York Times, December 31, 2019
What you could do iNstead

The New York Times, December 31, 2018
What fish oil is doing to our health and the planet

The Guardian, July 25, 2018
Opinion essay excerpted from The Omega Principle

The New York Times, July 20, 2018
A challenge to the local seafood movement

Medium, June 14, 2018
Pebble Mine and the fight for Bristol Bay

Mother Jones, June 27, 2018
Cutting NOAA hurts American fishermen and aquaculturists

The New York Times, April 25, 2017
A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable

Audubon Magazine, fall, 2017
A fish-blocking dam comes down in Connecticut

Hakai Magazine, April 4, 2017
Local sushi is harder than you think

The New Yorker, September 25, 2016
New genes aren't the only weird thing about US salmon

The New Yorker, December 2, 2015
The fish travels of a father and son

The New York Times, October 15, 2015
Exploring Puglia by bike

Afar Magazine, Ocetober, 2015
American, various, bivalvacious

New York Times Sunday Review, June 14, 2015
A radical experiment in managing the ocean on America's left coast

California Sunday Magazine, March 1, 2015
Victory in Europe, defeat for the ocean

New York Times Sunday Review, May 10, 2015
(co-authored with Dr. Boris Worm)
How to eat your way out of an invasion

Garden and Gun Magazine, March, 2015
Vetting kosher, trayf and green

New York Times Sunday Review, December 13, 2014
Terry Gross and Paul Greenberg discuss America's "seafood deficit" on NPR's Fresh Air

National Public Radio, July, 2014
The US controls more ocean than any country on earth but 85% of our seafood is imported. And it gets fishier. . .

New York Times Sunday Review, June 22, 2014
Mothers, sons, and birds

Audubon, May/June, 2014
A call to relocalize America's seafood supply

Seattle Times, July, 2014 (also syndicated nationally)
Why are the squid on your plate in Los Angeles making a round trip to China?

Los Angeles Times, July, 2014
How to get the most out of an expensive fish

Washington Post, June, 2014
Imagining America's seafood future

BusinessInsider, July, 2014
How American farmed-raised caviar might just save wild sturgeon

Food and Wine, July, 2014
Bearded bivalves are the next "it" food

Vice, July, 2014
Very fishy stuff going on

CivilEats, July, 2014
A look at ocean ownership and what it means for fish

Conservation Magazine, Spring, 2014
Fisherman James Culleton remembers the night of the big storm

New York Times Opinion Page, October 26, 2013
At sea in Greece and Turkey, explaining the Trojan War to my son

Afar Magazine, December, 2013
Kate Orff and her plan to save New York with oysters

Vogue, May, 2013
The winding road of the baby bluefish

Edible Manhattan/East End, Summer, 2013
What is right about aquaculture

New York Times, Room for Debate, March 3, 2013
Fishing on Father's Day to learn about life, death, and the food we eat

Take Part, June 10, 2013
How to fix the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

The American Prospect, May-June, 2013
What's going right in American fisheries

Food and Wine, May, 2013
How the culturing of mussels and seaweed might help clean up waterways

Yale Environment 360, May 9, 2013
Paul Greenberg and the co-founder of the genetically modified salmon's company, AquaBounty go head-to-head

Yale Environment 360, April 18, 2013
What do you do with a pile of wild fish about to go bad?

Edible Manhattan and Edible East End, March 6, 2013
A review of Melanie Challenger's book "On Extinction"

The New York Times Book Review, January 27, 2013
A better Christmas Eve feast of the seven fishes

The New York Times, December 23, 2012
Could restored oyster reefs save Manhattan from another Sandy?

The New York Times, October 30, 2012
Can a family eat from Ground Zero?

Grist, September 11, 2012
"When the Beatles recorded their playlists, did they use voice memo?"

The New York Times, Sunday Review, August 12, 2012
Farmed or wild, foreign or domestic, shrimp are tricky

Prevention Magazine, July, 2012
The Clean Water Act's mid-life crisis

Yale University's Environment360, May 21, 2012
How you can help your therapist help himself

Huffington Post, May, 2012
A vegetable garden in the heart of New York City

Eating Well Magazine May/June, 2012
Save the Fulton Fish Market

New York Times Opinion Page April 5, 2012
How an overfished fish got un-overfished

Food and Wine February, 2012
A Review of D. Graham Burnett's "Sounding of the Whale"

The New York Times Sunday Book Review, January 8, 2012
What is the future of the fish sandwich?

The New York Times Opinion Page, December 16, 2011
Burning off holiday fat with your Sherpa guide

The Huffington Post January 2, 2012
Testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

United States Senate December 15, 2011
101 years after his death, a look back through the great author's epic Facebook posts

Huffington Post November 29, 2011
Boycotts, ICCAT, and the persistence of appetite

Salon/GiltTaste November 19, 2011
The untold tale of one of the world's great sustainable foods

New York Times Magazine October 2, 2011
How to make BP oil spill payments stay in the Gulf

Living on Earth September 9, 2011
Why canned salmon is better for the world than canned tuna

The Atlantic August 12, 2011
Why we need a deconstruction stimulus package for seafood

The Atlantic July 25, 2011
Scuba hunting for the Caribbean's venomous invader

Food and Wine MagazineJuly, 2011
Why we need to rethink how we've engineered the Mississippi

Living on Earth May 6, 2011
The untold story of how oysters took a beating during the oil spill of the century

The Times of London April 14, 2011
Using every thing from nose to tail that a cod has to offer

The New York Times Dining Section April 5, 2011
Canada, the good global citizen, mustn't sabotage the short-term recovery of Atlantic bluefin tuna

The Globe and Mail November 24, 2010

A review of James Prose's book "Eels"

New York Times Week in Review October 10, 2010

Q & A for consumers on the perils of the AquAdvantage Salmon

Good Magazine October 5, 2010

Is domesticating the bluefin a good idea?

New York Times Week in Review September 5, 2010

Terry Gross Interviews Paul Greenberg on NPR's Fresh Air
WHYY In Philadelphia/NPR
July 19, 2010

Melissa Block goes striped bass fishing with Paul Greenberg on
NPR's All Things Considered
National Public Radio
July 9, 2010

Why is the US government supporting genetically modified over wild salmon?

Living On Earth
September 17, 2010

Cover story excerpt of "Four Fish"

New York Times Magazine
June 27, 2010

A review of Bill McKibben's book "Eaarth"
New York Times Book Review
April 29, 2010

A "Nostalgia" essay about Faye Dunaway, Greenwich Connecticut, and a mother on the run
Vogue Magazine
April, 2010

Menhaden, fish oil supplements, and the bottom of the food chain
New York Times
December 15, 2009

A review of "Flotsametrics and the Floating World"
New York Times Book Review
May 17, 2009

A review of Neil Strauss' book "Emergency"
New York Times Book Review
April 19, 2009

Why the pet food and animal feed industries need to reconsider their use of fish
New York Times Opinion Page
New York Times, March 22, 2009

Solving the "writing crisis" for less than $11 billon
New York Times Book Review
New York Times, December 14, 2008

The Vietnamese-American-Chinese catfish wars
New York Times Magazine
New York Times, October 12, 2008

Visiting "Ecotopia" and a "World Made By Hand"
New York Times Book Review
New York Times, April 20, 2008
A brief chat with my favorite chef on a complicated dish and a link to my New York Times Magazine piece on the same

April, 2008
F. Scott Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby and the writers' strike

New York Times Book Review
New York Times, February 10, 2008

Tuna at risk off the shores of Manhattan
New York Times Opinion Page
New York Times, November 4, 2007
Ernest Hemingway vs. the big fish
New York Times Book Review
New York Times, August 12, 2007
Celebrating salmon varietals in Alaska
"The Way We Eat Now"
New York Times Magazine, August 12, 2007

The Case for National Parks . . . Underwater
New York Times Magazine
New York Times, May 13, 2007

The embarrassment (and the joy!) of wearing a Speedo in France
New York Times Magazine, October 1, 2006

To eat or not to eat fish
New York Times Opinion Page
New York Times, September 8, 2006

Can farming codfish save the sea?
New York Times Magazine
New York Times, June 18, 2006

How Chilean sea bass became the fish story of our times
New York Times Magazine
New York Times, October 23, 2005

In search of "El Dorado", the fish, in Argentina's Parana and Corrientes Rivers
GQ Magazine, June, 2005

How two big-city radicals helped take America back to the land. A look at Helen and Scott Nearing and their 1954 classic, "Living the Good Life"
Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section, September, 2004

Ira Glass and his semiotic education at Brown University
Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section, June, 2004

When the world freeze over, Maine ice fishermen take back Main one pond at a time
Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section, February, 2004

How Vermont engineered its crunchy image
Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section, October, 2003

Why striped bass and bluefish provoke conflicting emotions
Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section, July, 2003

Bush and Putin's Russian-American romance
All Things Considered, June 2002